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Stark Library Debuts Concept Design for New Jackson Township Branch

March 12, 2018 (Canton, Ohio) – Stark County District Library is pleased to debut the concept design for the future home of the Jackson Township branch.

The concepts were designed by HBM Architects, a nationally recognized firm with a focus on library planning and design. The firm has previously worked on Stark County District Library branches, including the Plain Community branch in GlenOak High School and the Perry Sippo branch at Exploration Gateway in Sippo Park. Megan Calnon, a Jackson High graduate, is the project architect for the new Jackson Township branch.

The new Jackson Township branch will be located on the northeast corner of Fulton Drive and Community Parkway and will be an integral part of the larger North Park renewal and amphitheatre project being developed by Jackson Township. This location will provide convenient access for visitors via a new Parkway from Fulton Drive as well as from Community Parkway.

Jean Duncan McFarren, Interim Executive Director for Stark County District Library, is excited to work with the Jackson Township Trustees, “We are looking forward to collaborating on the North Park project and building a state-of-the-art library that will complement the development and aesthetics of the park and amphitheater.”

The new Jackson Township Branch exemplifies the library’s vision for bringing communities together through innovation and collaboration. Stark Library has released a video introducing the new designs, features, and offering a glimpse of the future of North Park at StarkLibrary.org/Jackson. The new space has dedicated children and teen areas with room for tutoring and interactive play, large meeting spaces and flexible rooms to accommodate large and small groups, and favorite features of the incubator space like an expanded 24/7 lobby with more media boxes and smart lockers, and convenient charging ports. The exterior offers views of the park, a secure outdoor space for kid’s activities, curbside drop off and a drive up window.

The board decided in 2016 to replace the original Jackson Township library facility with new construction after a study revealed extensive hidden water damage to the shell of the original Jackson branch. Ultimately, it was determined to be more cost efficient to build a new branch than to repair and renovate the old building.

An interim branch location was established in an available space in The Marketplace at Nobles Pond to ensure continued service to the community during the building process.

In addition to being the temporary home of the Jackson Township branch, the storefront location serves as an incubator space to test many of the new technologies, features, and services the library plans to introduce system-wide as a part of its re-imagination of itself as The Smart Store®. Popular features include the 24/7 Lobby, which consists of book and movie dispensers, and smart lockers for pick up of reserved materials, convenient access to technology and power, and self-checkouts.

For more detailed background information on the Jackson Township branch, please contact jwalencik@starklibrary.org.

To stay up to date with the latest news and updates as planning and construction progress please visit StarkLibrary.org/Jackson.



One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

Today, as it reimagines itself as The Smart Store, where everything is free®, the Library is emerging as a national thought-leader with innovations such as its “no overdue fines” policy, the BikeSmart bike sharing network, and the Start Smart School Partnership.

For more information, call 330.452.0665 or visit http://www.starklibrary.org.

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